Pope’s ‘don’t provoke’ advice on free speech a clunker

Pope’s ‘don’t provoke’ advice on free speech a clunker

Right here in America, where the First Amendment is emblazoned first and foremost with freedom of religion, a fire chief was fired from his job in Atlanta just weeks ago because he wrote a book about his Christian faith that didn’t play the politically correct notes about marriage and homosexuality.

And over in Virginia, homeschooling parents were recently put on notice by a local school board that they would have to appear and justify why their particular religious exemption from public education was an acceptable one.

That seems an awful lot like a religious test to me, but this whole ‘parents raising their own children as they see fit’ thing has gone far enough, don’t you think? It’s really cramping the style of the left’s Orwellian passion play.

Whether they be formal or informal, speech codes in America are targeting the very people that Pope Francis wakes up in the morning to lead and represent. To say that you shouldn’t voice certain feelings about God or religion is a tool that is already available in the United States, but is regularly being used to bludgeon faithful Christians into silence and submission.

The American public square cannot afford to be further neutered of God’s voice if we have any hope of adequately governing ourselves or handing over a country worth living in to our children.

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